- With age, relaxation and sagging occur in the face skin. Face lift operations are performed both to remove excess skin that causes sagging, and to tighten the supporting layers under the skin. The aim of the surgery is to give a lively appearance to the face.
- The facelift procedure yields suitable results mostly for people aged 50 and over, with significant sagging of the facial skin. At younger ages and in cases of slight sagging or lining, a variety of suspending operations can be used instead of a full face lift.
- Those who think that they need a face lift should first consult with their physician to evaluate their own expectations and the realistic results that can be obtained by surgery. For the purposes of this evaluation it would be useful to bring photographs taken in past when having the interview.
- Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts an average of 3 hours. The incision line of the surgery starts just in front of the ear, and is extended upwards and downwards behind the ear. Only the portion of the incisions in front of the ear is visible. The patient stays at the hospital for 1 night for observation. A drain is placed under the skin, and bandages covering most of the face are used. During the first week after surgery, it is normal to have swelling in the face. Usually at the end of 1 week, work and daily activities may be resumed. Heavy physical activity should be avoided for one month.